Geometridae: Larentiinae

1810 (ABH70.140) Marsh Carpet Gagitodes sagittata (=Perizoma), (Fabricius, 1787)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Marsh Carpet
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

The larvae of this species feed on the ripening seeds of the food plant.


Pupates in leaf litter at the base of the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 13-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Meadow-rue (Thalictrum flavum), Lesser Meadow-rue (Thalictrum minus)
Flying: One generation, late June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce A


Wetland localities including fens, marshes and wet meadows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 10 (3.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2009

Recorded date range (Adult): 29 May to 16 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 22 July to 13 August

Nationally Scarce A

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, pink
No. of Proleg Pairs: